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John Barleycorn Barleywine Ale - Mad River Brewing Company

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John Barleycorn Barleywine AleJohn Barleycorn Barleywine Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

459 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 459
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 20
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Same recipe each year. ABV varies slightly 9.5-11.0%

(Beer added by: xlperro on 10-26-2004)
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.54/5  rDev -5.1%

Served in a snifter glass. 2012 batch served 02/01/2014.

Appearance: A very dark brown looks almost opaque in the glass with very little bubbles to it's frame creating an off-white (orange-ish) head rising to maybe 1/8".

Smell: Light wood notes with a strong alcohol scent but dissipates very quickly.

Taste: Strong alcohol feel that almost smothers the rest of the brew, with the right dose of barley and very light bitterness.

Mouth: Nice stickiness but not exactly smooth, little rough and the body is somewhere medium but has a closer to flat feel.

Overall: Not a bad brew but better barleywines out there. Lacks complexity, this is more the "looking for a buzz" brew. Worth tasting I don't think I would keep it. Salud!

02-02-2014 03:52:07 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-19-2014 14:13:00 | More by kylehay2004
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BierJager89

California

4.34/5  rDev +16.4%

A: Dark brown with a light brown head.

S: Grapes in the nose, some malt and dark fruit as well.

T: Grape, dark fruit, malt, pretty much the same, but really good, a touch sweet.

M: Full bodied, smoothish.

O: A really good barleywine, from a brewery I don't know much about.

01-18-2014 19:06:41 | More by BierJager89
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Beerswag

California

3.91/5  rDev +4.8%

Bottle poured into st. Bernardus watou chalice
Smell is sweet not too much fragrance, fruity fig, and black cherry nose. Apprearance is dark cherry-wood, minimal head, gone in 2 seconds, even after vigrois pour, expected from a 11%abv'r. No lacing, not too resinous, drinking smooth. Taste is sweet malt, black cherry, sweet caramel, finishes with a good hop profile( possibly simcoe, cluster).mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with a slight crips bite on the end. Overall a decent barleywine that would even better paired with duck, pate, dry cheeses such as beemster, or an aged white or yellow chedder...

01-14-2014 01:56:19 | More by Beerswag
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Patrick_E_Sweeney

Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +8.8%

Served from a bottle chilled into a beer tulip. Relatively sparse, tan colored head, with a dark, dark brown color. Aroma of malt, scorched caramel, and alcohol. Taste is an initial very strong malt, a tad overwhelming, which gives way to light, lingering hoppiness, caramel, and toasted grain. Good balance of sweet and bitter. Sweetness fades and bitter remains for 30 seconds to a minute, with a pleasant mouthfeel. Overall very nice. Not spectacular, but definitely worth a taste.

01-06-2014 23:27:13 | More by Patrick_E_Sweeney
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +2.1%

12 oz bottle, 2012 vintage.

appears dark brown, opque, nice 1/4" cream colored head which lasts. aroma is quite malty - rich caramel ,raisins, alcohol. taste is strong, slight boozy aftertaste. actually more bitter than sweet. not quite thick, but definitely coats the tongue. slick mouthfeel.

overall - would be much better if the taste lived up to the smell.

01-03-2014 04:48:00 | More by jmdrpi
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pjkelley82

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-01-2014 02:05:49 | More by pjkelley82
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King_KongDCO93

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.2%

12-31-2013 22:30:55 | More by King_KongDCO93
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twelveinches

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

12-31-2013 18:41:48 | More by twelveinches
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

12-30-2013 00:37:54 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

12-29-2013 04:03:49 | More by BillRoth
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BuzzLitebier

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

12-25-2013 22:08:20 | More by BuzzLitebier
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mactrail

Washington

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

Dark, dark red amber in the Crooked Line tulip. Beautiful bubblefest and a creamy off-white foam. Very swirly in the glass and spritzy in the mouth.

This has an unusual musty and woody flavor. It's big and crazy with malt and caramel. Deep, dark roasted grain with a smooth mouthfeel and a sweet taste. Tangy and hoppy after the kiss of malt. Bitterness creeps up along with the wet barrel sensation. Some brown sugar and scorched caramel, but a surprisingly more dry finish.

A wintry powerful brew that is a little off-putting at first, and a little hot at the end, but it's an interesting variation on Barleywines. Better than most of the Mad River stuff, in my opinion. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

12-13-2013 05:01:56 | More by mactrail
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rubydot

California

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

11-27-2013 03:20:12 | More by rubydot
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-26-2013 03:39:13 | More by buzzy
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RangnaR

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

11-25-2013 17:20:16 | More by RangnaR
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srhoadsy

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

Served chilled into a tulip.

Pours a nice chestnut brown with an inch of dark tan head that recedes leaving moderate surface layer and lacing.

Aromas of toffee, dried fruits with an indistinct hint of hops.

Flavors follow through the aromas. The hops come more into focus, with hints of pine and candied citrus peel.

Medium to heavy bodied with a sweet finish. Moderate carbonation with a lingering aftertaste
of burnt sugar and bitter citrus along with some alcohol warmth.

I really enjoyed this beer. It's a hoppy barley wine that makes for a nice winter warmer.

11-24-2013 23:53:50 | More by srhoadsy
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Erice78

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

11-16-2013 19:13:03 | More by Erice78
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Newbiebeer

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

11-02-2013 01:59:58 | More by Newbiebeer
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Craigory

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

10-31-2013 16:07:34 | More by Craigory
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vande

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

10-26-2013 01:36:30 | More by vande
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theCoder

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -19.6%

10-25-2013 12:44:25 | More by theCoder
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harpus

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

10-10-2013 13:49:13 | More by harpus
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deonreds

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-09-2013 07:34:54 | More by deonreds
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

07-22-2013 00:30:01 | More by WOLFGANG
John Barleycorn Barleywine Ale from Mad River Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.